Dartmoor Through History

These self-led packages are possible during the low Season only but can be booked via the YHA groups service or direct with the Youth Hostel and are designed to enable teachers to create their own stay.  Our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group.

Suggested packages:

Day 1: develop a history day whilst staying at YHA Okehampton

    • take a trip to Okehampton’s medieval castle
    • then head over to Museum of Dartmoor Life
    • book a “ask the curator” session at the Museum

Day 2: take on an activity day that explore elements of living in the past with our expert instructor team such as shelter building, archery and fire lighting and then add a guided walk past Medieval deserted villages onto Dartmoor.

Other half-day options include a guided walk to the prehistoric monument near Belstone or a cycle adventure down the Granite Way learning about the industrial history along the trail to Meldon Quarry.

When you combine these with a range of self-led activities developed by the National Park spanning history, geography and literacy and PSHE you can develop a programme meeting all your cross-curricular needs for a unique residential stay. This package offers great value whilst delivering activities that will feed your pupil’s sense of adventure and discovery and typically is available during the low season.

Visit the Museum of Dartmoor Life

The Museum of Dartmoor Life is found in Okehaampton Town centre, a short walk from the Hostel. The Museum offers group rates and various different activities, from dressing up, bronze rubbings and activity quizzes. On three floors, the exhibits lead through the story of life on Dartmoor from prehistoric times to industries and social history of villages and towns on Dartmoor.

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Visit Okehampton Castle

Okehampton Castle dates back to medieval times is found on the edge of  Okehampton, in the old Deer Park. This majestic ruin is managed by English Heritage and has an audio tour. Group visits are possible by appointment.

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